Printing Techniques Glossary – Phase 1

Here at Logo we are always looking for ways to share as much of our knowledge as possible. In this post, we’ll look at the various print techniques. We’ll split it over 2 posts, phase one and phase two, as there are many different print techniques available. We hope this enhances your appreciation and enjoyment of them, and gives you an insight into the amount of effort and skill that goes into the production of a print.


Silkscreen printing: In this print technique, the ink is pushed on the object through a gauze, which has open and closed parts. The print is pressed onto the product by a scraper which is moved across the gauze. Screen printing is used to print flat products, but for products with a certain rounding (such as buckets) the round silkscreen printing technique is used. With this technique, almost every product can be printed.


Doming: Doming is a printing technique where a layer of epoxy resin is applied on adhesive labels, which have already been printed and cut. The layer is very clear and shows the printing below even more clearly. Also, an extra dimension arises through the resin layer and ensures the protection of the printing. Great for adding a three dimensional effect, doming is great for a variety of applications such as key chains, name badges, power banks and even lip balm barrels and lids.





Embossing: No ink is used in this print technique instead; an imprint is made on or in a printing plate. By pressing this product on a soft materials, such as leather products, an imprint is made on it. This technique is extremely suitable for upscale products, and is a single sided effect. This is great for products like wedding invites, to add elegancy.




Laser engraving: This print technique provides a permanent impression which can’t be modified, so it’s great if you really want the print to last a lifetime. Metal products, such as watches, are the most appropriate for this technique. The upper layer of the material is removed with a laser, thus giving you the desired print. Colours can’t be applied with this technique and are determined by the material and/or other coloured under layers of the products.







So, here are just a few of the print techniques that are available for various types of merchandise. Be sure to check back soon for phase two, where we will take a look at some more print techniques!


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